CJ Takes Suo Mof Prisoner’s Death
The Lahore High Court chief justice, Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, on Saturday took suo motu notice of a prisonerís death resulting from alleged torture by the officials of Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.
The chief justice summoned the jail superintendent for August 2, directing him produce postmortem report of the deceased inmate and all other necessary details of the incident.
The notice was taken on a news item appeared in an English daily which stated that the officials of Adiala Jail Rawalpindi had tortured an 18-year-old prisoner, Hameed, to death.
The family of the victim said that he was sent to jail on a concocted drug paddling case. The relatives of the deceased reportedly marched to the DHQ hospital but they were not allowed to see the dead body.
The family of the deceased claimed that Hameed, a labourer, was arrested by police for failing to provide his identity card. He was returning home from work when police arrested him. Police implicated him in a fake case of drug paddling when the poor family could not give them Rs20,000 as bribe, mother of the deceased said.
Justice Sharif observed, ìJails, being the state institutions, are for the protection and refinement of the law-breakers. They should serve as nurseries for making the inmates useful citizens of the society and not take their lives through physical torture.î
The murder in the jail premises was a shocking incident and could not go unnoticed. The judiciary being an important limb of the state has to perform its constitutional duty, the CJ further said.
The CJ also directed the advocate general to ensure compliance of this order and appear before the court to assist in the matter.
Detainee released: The District and Sessions Court on Saturday released a person namely Parvez after recovering him from the illegal detention of Manga Mandi Police.
Muhammad Iqbal, a resident of Manga Mandi, filed a habeas corpus petition in the District and Sessions Court alleging that Mang Mandi Police had detained his brother Parvez. He contended that the police raided his house illegally and kidnapped his brother. He prayed before the court for the recovery of his brother.